CRASHING WAVES — MYKONOS
Waves are seen crashing onto the pier in the 'Little Venice' area of Mykonos. The backdrop for the stage-like setting here is provided by a regular row of windmills. The picturesque island is transformed from a sleepy little town during the winter into the sun worshiper's paradise in the summer, the population exploding and dissipating seasonally. I've visited the magical island at least half-a-dozen times on cruises. All through the 1970s and '80s ships would anchor off shore, and passengers would be tendered into the port area. But In the 1990s a deep-sea port was built several kilometers away from the city center, allowing passengers to disembark on land, and take busses or walk into town. The island features a topless beach called "Paradise," and a totally nude beach, "Ultimate Paradise," appealing to those who are less modest than I.
Hand held shot in extremely windy weather that made a steady shot difficult, but did create dramatic waves. Regards especially to my Greek friends on Trekearth.
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JoseMiguel (860) 2007-06-06 17:35
A very good capture of Myconos!
I like so much the energy of the image, with the waves crashing against the port, and showing its power.
The windmills aligned at the background makes an unusual basement for this very good composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
bostankorkulugu (42468) 2007-06-06 17:51
iki kez gittim yine giderim... hele doğru dürüst bir makina alsam mutlaka gitmek isterim... mikonosun en meşhur iki şeyi de var karenizde... yeldeğirmenleri ve rüzgarı... "meltemi" vurmuş yine vurabildiğince...
capthaddock (28790) 2007-06-06 18:03
Hello Bülent - the combination of blue and white is of course so characteristic of these islands, the strength of the wind is impressive, but not unusual, I have spent many a seasick summer afternoon on greek boats, here from the stable shore, we see that outdoor terrace is not the best place for a glass of dry ouzo.
temmel (2496) 2007-06-06 18:07
You have captured a very impressive place at the right moment.
I like d dinamism of this picture... Perfect shot with these waves crashing against the port.
Thank you for sharing!!
meltemi (0) 2007-06-06 19:43
You present here a wonderful sea and landscape. You have achieved excellent point of view and readability of the scenery, vibrant light and colors. I like those windmills that lead our eyes done to discover this marina. Your picture is very nice, as well as you note.
cak (4923) 2007-06-06 21:03
ooo darbesini esirgemeyen deniz ardında yeldeğirmenleri onu izler gibi
gunbud (34066) 2007-06-06 21:46
Wonderful capture of these turbulent seas crashing on the banks of this holiday harbor. Beautiful use of light renders excellent colors and sharp details to this fine seascape.
stego (24132) 2007-06-06 21:50
Blue and white, that Mediterranean, although it's not that usual seeing it so agitated. However, those windmills denounce that winds abound on the region. I know they haven't sails, but looking at the sea, one almost believes they are rotating fast.
The compo is impeccable and I like very much the square format here. The only thing less well is the sharpness. Maybe there is a slight blue cast, but I kind of like it~.
zeca (19762) 2007-06-07 0:44
Very nice POV, well including the mills line in the background. Of course that the splash is an amazing detail on foreground, but the entire composition is really nice!
siolaw (38292) 2007-06-07 1:27
A good compo of the breaking waves, with the perfect BG of Mykonos' windmills, with nice light and colors, and well framed too. I like the sea's texture...
Have a nice day
vincz (19113) 2007-06-07 1:36
Wow... what a dramtic shot here! I love to see the forces of nature in action, the best windmill shot i have seen in a long time. Really furious!
salvator (19110) 2007-06-07 3:23
Hello Bulent Bey,
Wonderful, wonderful composition and superb catch of the crashing waves. The details in the waves foams, and use of the background with the windmills and the superbly clear blue sky is just extraordinary. HARIKA. Elinize saglik.
Best personal regards. Salvator.
leo61 (0) 2007-06-07 3:33
A very dynamic shot with these waves.Good composition with the row of windmills at the horizon and excellent POV.
nisko (2642) 2007-06-07 3:44
very impressive capture of the wild aigaio:)Islands of Cyclades often cope with huge waves..ur moment was great and ur point of view wonderful too!!tfs..
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2007-06-07 5:27
Very nice and dynamic photo with these waves crashing on this pier. You've did it very well conserning the conditions. Were you on a ship? I guess so..then it's harder to get a steady shot, and you've succeeded in doing so. Good sharpness (conditions taken in to account), nice colour, mainly on the sea. Good to have the mills included in a line next to each other. Good POV.
Cretense (68703) 2007-06-07 5:41
Some of the best photographes of Greece that I have seen come from you neighbours and this is one of them. Not a typical Mykonos photo, you chose to focus on the real beauty of the island than to all the "glamour" that surrounds it! Excellent composition and framing, perfect timing and light managment. Congratulations!
axiotea (21651) 2007-06-07 6:13
A dynamic shot with the wave splashing onto the terrace and a superb BG with with the windmills siding each other. Great color of the sea, only one thing is the white foam which looks a bit strange. Light and framing are good too.
jonathan_hart (21276) 2007-06-07 6:14
nice wave movement captured, good POV and framing, interesting to see all these wind mills in the BG,
zo_tos (1084) 2007-06-07 8:18
hi bulent, very clever shot! the wave covers the cars and leave the rest for the viewers eye, regards,
rossy85 (2879) 2007-06-07 8:26
Splendid capture of this wave. Amazing paysage behind.
carper (96) 2007-06-07 12:35
a very nice shot Bulent,
the pov is nice and the waves are good in the photo they give extra atmosphere in it, good photojob.
have a nice day.
Cricri (122510) 2007-06-07 14:13
une mer en colére bien capturer au bon moment ou la vague frappe la jetée, joli arriére plan avec les moulins typique de la gréce, belle composition
jhm (156488) 2007-06-07 14:15
Hello friend Bulent,
Again a very well picture with a wonderful composition, certainly the white wave against the pier, also the white foam is very interesting, but the mills in background are the real eye catchers.
Have a nice day,
nivaldo (15417) 2007-06-07 15:52
I was there last year but the waves were (luckly)calm.It was a great time.
Very amazing to see it again, Bulent!
Um abraço de Recife,
mesutilgim (96278) 2007-06-07 16:31
Wonderfull capture; full of dynamism and very impressive. I can hear the sound of crashing waves, with a music of Nana Mouskouri in the background.
MLINES (12516) 2007-06-07 18:09
Hi Bulent. A marvellous composition of this coatal area. Looks a marvelous place to visit. The windmills are well position in this shot and the waves and colours make it memorable too. TFS. Murray.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2007-06-08 3:00
Yine hoş bir açı ve mükemmel yakalanmış dalgalar; görsel bir şölen...
Eline sağlık, selamlar.
feather (51130) 2007-06-08 4:49
It's not often we see the Aegean so rough. You have captured it so well as the wave crashes into the little jetty. It's also a different view of Mykonos' famous windmills. Well done
kdialyna (3148) 2007-06-08 5:08
Good morning Bulent.
An absolutely splendid photo from Mykonos under wind attack.
The colour from the sea is really perfect and the light makes everything to look great
Very good work Bulent.
My best regards
Graal (103036) 2007-06-08 6:04
interesting place, good cauht a moment with crashing waves. Unusual windmills in background. I like the composition also. Good work.
jrj (34843) 2007-06-08 7:08
Interesting capture Bulent of this place with the series of windmills in place. Sure enough these islands is in general a delight for a visitors eyes as here where even the sea display herself by crushing some wawes to the pier out there. Good for you to have the opportunity to visit those places under different conditions.
Mondaychild (378) 2007-06-08 9:16
that´s a real eyecatcher! I´m not sure what is more fascinating: the famous windmills or the crashing wave! I can almost feel some drops of the water while watching this photo. An Aegean dream in Blue and White!
Where were you standing when you took this photo? In the water? In a boat?
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-06-08 10:42
Merhaba Bülent Abi,
Yeldeğirmenlerinin ritmi ve dalgalarla dinamik bir kompozisyon, harika bir çalışma. Ellerinize sağlık...
İyi bir hafta sonu dileklerimle...
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-06-08 12:57
Very interesting compo, with great balance between static foreground and background and the so dynamic wave.
I like a lot the graphics in the backgrounds, the mills seem to be on a line.
anesugur (18789) 2007-06-08 15:56
Denizin güzel rengi ve dalgaların yanısıra arka plandaki sıralı değirmenler harika görünüyor.
Elinize sağlık. Uğur
Tezic (17867) 2007-06-08 16:53
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Zamanlama ve mavi renk tonları çok güzel... geri plandaki yel değirmenlerinin konumu da harika... tebrikler...
delic (6735) 2007-06-08 18:07
Composition and timing are what make this image work. Fine presentation with the characteristic windmills of Mykonos, and the splashing wave. Excellent capture of the decisive moment. Regards,
evanrizo (456) 2007-06-08 18:43
AAAAAaa wooohhh waht composition!!!!! Hi Bulent.
It is really a WONDERFUL composition, it shows us the dynamic of water-sea and the wind mills, windmills and wild sea this is a power!!!
Very good seen and GREAT done thanks for it, it is an idea how we can win the energy.
Bluejeans (64251) 2007-06-09 7:22
Ola amigo Bulent que bonita foto , gostei muito dos 5 moinhos de vento a cor do mar esta fantastica ,parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jaywalker (16105) 2007-06-09 9:03
Hi Bulent, A very powerful photo with the waves crashing against the rocks & yet so beautiful, the light is amazing & the blue of the sea so inviting, I love the windmills in the background, this is a very well composed picture, kind regards Wilson.
puzzle (700) 2007-06-09 10:43
cok dinamik bir fotograf,cok guzel bir kompozisyon ve cok guzel bir yer..
suyun sesini duyar gibi oluyor insan.
hocam,finallerden sonra kitabinizi okumaya basladim hemen,ve leonardo da vinci hakkinda bilmedigim bir suru sey oldugunu farkettim.
bunun yani sira,daha onceden de aldigim arkeometri derslerinden sonra bilim ve dinin iliskisi hakkinda aklima takilan cok sey var,bu kitabin basinda sizin de bahsettiginiz gibi karisik bir durum. turkiye' ye geldiginizde bu konu hakkinda sizinle konusmayi cok isterim.
National Geographic icin yazdiginiz kitabi da heyecanla bekliyorum.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2007-06-09 15:00
Great job with this image. Excellent breaking waves and good light. Great composition with windmills in the background.
TopGeo (38216) 2007-06-09 15:04
A good compo of the breaking waves, with the perfect plene of Mykonos' windmills, with nice light and colors, well done
boonie (779) 2007-06-09 21:46
Great hand held shot. Was this a scan? This predates your D70. I would like to know the camera settings. Of course there will be beach shots to follow?
papagolf21 (105266) 2007-06-10 3:56
Bonsoir, mon ami Bulent,
Notre vie, dit une vague, est trop brève, Mais l'autre lui répond : Ma soeur Sa brièveté fait sa douceur.
Ici, point de douceur, mais la beauté de l'ensemble nous emporte en même temps que la force du vent.
JCG (35129) 2007-06-10 5:58
I understand why there are so many mills on this marvellous site, the wind must blow almost daily I think. Very pretty glance on this wave which is crushed on the quay. The unit is very luminous and the colors in particular of water are very pleasant. A splendid area and thank you for the comment.
With all my friendships and a good sunday,
kensimage (8565) 2007-06-10 11:56
Hello Bulent--nice timing catching the sea spray here. I hope you didn't get any on your lens. Nice composition, too, the way you placed the curve of the shoreline.
Did you know that two of your photos, "Hot Air over Luxor" and "Feluccas on the Nile" were featured on the TE front page yesterday? Congratulations on that!
bhuniatrekearth (764) 2007-06-10 13:11
Respected Bulent Sir,
The Copper sulphate colour of the wavy water with the foamy breaking waves play like a flock of naughty boys and the row of windmills are standing like guards to check their extremeness.
That is what I could see.
Best wishes and good health.
erel (11890) 2007-06-10 16:50
Çok güzel bir an yakalanmış ışık renkler ve kadraj çok hoş eline sağlık tebrikler EREL
levocan (2253) 2007-06-11 7:20
Yeldeğirmenleri ve dalganın çarpma anı benim çok hoşuma gitti,
Polonaise (5802) 2007-06-11 13:18
I remember the island of Mykonos...The beauty of it...The colors of it...The blue sea of it, and my heart started to sing when I saw your photo.
But...but...Prof. Atalay...You broke my heart as well..
Because... I still remember THAT island of Mykonos...
All the best, professore…
We need your wonderful wandering all over the globe…
dorte_s_t (2287) 2007-06-12 4:44
Hi , Bulent .
Beautiful setting for the white crests coming from this fantastic aquamarin sea !
The windmills leaves nobody in doubt : this is Greece , one of the most fantastic places to spent your holiday !
I like your informative and humorous note , Bulent :o)
PixelTerror (0) 2007-06-12 5:32
Nice composition, those mills are a nice subject and I agree the breaking wave is a definite plus to dynamize the view. It seems the light was bit too strong when you took this photo, and I think it tilts a little bit to the left.
Have a ncie day,
Sekhmet73 (4189) 2007-06-12 5:58
Wow, a very strong picture! I hope Mr. Fuji can take a look at this shot, so he can be proud again of the job people can do with his babies!
danos (100830) 2007-06-12 9:10
very beautiful the scene that you chose to present us from the magical Mykonos.The enormous waves that reach in such height and in particular the July, are indeed impressive.The five mills adds a very graphical sence in your capture.The whole composition is really superb.Well done.
quetzal (3467) 2007-06-12 12:06
Magnifique vue de Mykonos. La composition est bien recherchée avec ces vagues et cette rangée de moulins. La palette des couleurs bleus est splendide.
jasmis (58330) 2007-06-14 9:54
Superb place and amazing dynamic photo. Highest quality and marvelous composition.
keribar (43841) 2007-06-16 0:21
It is tru that the Aegen is furious, and you could find out if you take a boat fron Piraeus to the Kyklades. Here you rendered well the strnetght of the waves but what I like best is the fact that you have a wonderful background with the famous mills and also a nice jade color on the sea.
Don't forget to let me know when you arrive to Istanbul.
Best and friendly regards - Izzet
Angshu (56760) 2007-06-17 2:44
Hello Professor "A"
What do I add to what so many critiques have already said & applauded! The power of the waves attracts attention immediately. I also love the view with the typical Myconos windmills in the BG. Well framed & lovely colours.
With Warm Regards
noborders (1010) 2007-06-22 16:21
I've never been in Greece, but this photo makes me yearn to go there... This is a great square composition with great colours, and I love the splash of water on the foreground,
Tango7174 (0) 2007-06-22 17:57
Nice freezing in time of the waves. The five windmills lined up in the background added a special touch to the whole image.
Well done Bulent!
mineelci (1535) 2007-06-28 10:01
Değirmen,rüzgar,dalga,deniz hepsi süper. Ben de Yunan adaları turu hayal ediyorum. Anı çok iyi yakalamışsın. Ellerinize sağlık.
banyanman (7789) 2007-07-01 3:05
Something different from Mykonos for sure, Bulent. The composition is good, and your timing was spot on to capture the crashing wave, but I think I would have gone for a higher ISO to improve the sharpness given the windy conditions (or maybe opened the aperture a little to increase your shutter speed - without seeing any technical data I can't tell whether that was an option) and there seems to be a slight tilt to the left. George's colour correction is good, but I think he's gone too far the other way on the exposure. Cheers . . . David
isil77 (760) 2007-08-11 13:13
Çok hoş bir kare. Ben hep diğer açıdan çektim. Sizinki de çok başarılı. Ellerinize sağlık. Türkiye'den sevgiler.
danyy (0) 2007-08-11 15:19
il y a quelques jours , je déposais une critique sur une photo du même endroit, mais bien plus calme.
Ici, c'est la furie de la mer et la fraicheur des flots qui apportent la touche principale de la composition.
C'est vaguent qui frappent viollement les côtes en feraient oublier les moulins célèbres et bien alignés de l'arrière plan .
Best from Liège.
josepmarin (58359) 2007-09-08 12:19
I like the windmills, already you have seen it in my photos, and this one is fantastic.
Besides the beauty of these mills, in your composition you have added the dynamism and the graphical strenght of the wave striking the wharf, which gives a great effect to the image.
I like the contrast between the white tones of this architecture and of the foam of the waves with the blue ones of the sky and the sea.
It is a very beautiful photo.
gelarsen (437) 2007-11-25 9:26
Nice photo with interesting elements both stationary (windmills) and with movement (crashing wave).
dareco (17134) 2007-12-18 6:40
I've been looking up information on Greece recently and so decided to look at your pictures from there this time. This is really a beauty!! I love how you've captured the waves crashing and the spray from them. Very beautiful! And creating a great mood. TFS
kibele66 (3087) 2008-01-30 23:41
Hello dear Bulent,
To see lots of windmills together among the waves of the blue Aegean made me to begin a very brigt day! Photo also gives the feeling of the extreme wind.
This summer Mykonos will be my destination to take photos.
Focales (22) 2009-07-01 21:43
Oui, la même image mais prise de plus près que la mienne. J'aime beaucoup les Cyclades hors période touristique, surtout Mykonos qui devient alors invivable.
ourania (48740) 2012-03-01 7:00
spectacular, isn't it? I like this photo very much, the summer light and colours and the spectacular waves. It's a very nice composition with the windmills lined up against the azzure sky and a view very characteristic of the islands. The wind is a big part of life here and has a major impact on the architecture. Mykonos is often called "island of the winds", you probably know that. It's a lovely photo!
All the best,
P.S.It takes a lot of effort to take pictures in the strong wind. While I was taking mine, a wave caught me and I had to spend several hours with sea and sand in my shoes. But the spectacle and energy there was great.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-02-18 15:27
Bulent, what a magnificent picture from Mykonos and my home country!!
fantastic Aegean blue and perfect timing on the waves...
a great nostalgic moment!!
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (39533)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-07-07
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: fujifilm fine pix 4700 zoom
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): FURIOUS SEAS, MOODS OF THE SEA [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-06-06 17:24